The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently | vol. 9

Sunday Currently

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I’ve finished reading Everything Everything! It was a very simple book and I found it very predictable, but it was also a very lovely, easy read.

I’ve moved on to Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern. I’ve never really been one to read a lot of books by Irish authors but after reading the Perfect series by Cecelia, I’ve decided to read more of her stuff! So far, so good! It’s a really interesting read!

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On a side note, I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on Into The Water by Paula Hawkins! I’ve heard it’s even better than The Girl On The Train and I’m dying to read this!!

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W R I T I N G

I’ve been writing my ass off and have finally finished my assignment and am over the moon! I couldn’t write or post on Sunday because I was at my friend’s Hen Party and was shattered afterwards! I’m so glad that I will hopefully never have to write academically again! 
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I’ve been listening to my playlists on Spotify! Some happy playlists are always a good idea!

I’ve also been listening to Harry Styles and Stevie Knicks’ duet! I get that Harry is just a young ‘un but he has a very amazing voice!


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A really beautiful Yankee Candle I received as a gift from a student; Clean Cotton! One of my favourite smells ever!

H O P I N G

I’m really hoping that I can get through the next few weeks. It’s only three and a half weeks until I get to see Himself and it’s getting more and more difficult with every passing day. Being apart for so long is very hard and I just can’t wait for the countdown to be over.
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His t-shirt and a tracksuit pants! Cozying it up on this chilled out Sunday evening!
L O V I N G

I am loving the fact that I have only one week of work left!!!! I am very excited about getting my Summer holidays and having three months to relax, rest, and recuperate! 
F E E L I N G

I’m going to be very honest and say that I am feeling very anxious. A lot of that is induced by alcohol consumption over the weekend but nevertheless it’s real. I’m also feeling very relaxed though. I’ve had a really lovely weekend away with one of my friends and am glad that I’ve had to weekend to wind down. I feel as though the anxiety I experienced last night is also a result of a few weeks of non-stop going, never stopping. I think my brain and body both needed time to switch off and I’m very glad that I got that this weekend. 

 W A T C H I N G
This weekend I’ve watched Mamma Mia, The Proposal, and Notting Hill. I’ve also started to watch The Keepers on Netflix and it is so interesting. If you haven’t started watching this I would highly recommend it. See the trailer below to see if it is something that you would be interested in. 

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #8

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This week I’ve finished reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, and a review is scheduled to go live tomorrow morning!

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I have since moved onto a new book called Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’m not too far into the book but it appears to be a very nice, sweet read. It’s about young Madeline who, due to an illness involving very serious allergies, is unable to leave her house.

She has, in the first few pages so this isn’t a spoiler, become attracted to the boy next door and I’m expecting that this book is going to be a YA novel about how love will always find a way. I may be proved wrong but we will just have to wait and see. Even though I feel like this may be a bit predictable, I’ve had a few laugh-out-loud moments and am really enjoying it so far! I’ve also just found out that it is being adapted into a movie and is due to be released on the 18th of August in Ireland! Don’t you just love when a book you’re reading is due to be a movie soon? It almost always means that the book is great!

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W R I T I N G

I’m currently writing the same assignment I was talking about last week. I’m 2/5 of the way through it thanks to a lot of time and effort put in over the weekend and I just cannot wait until it is finished. It is a heartbreaker!!

I also, when this bloody assignment is out of the way, want to work on a blog post schedule whereby I have regular posting days and can stick to that. For example, I always try to post a Sunday Currently blog post but would love to have that commitment to other days of the week too!

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In the past two days I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental, movie soundtrack type of music because that genre of music always helps me to focus. I also really like the song that won the Eurovision last night but think that the sister, the girl who wrote the song, sings it much better than the brother, the guy who performed the song! Have a listen below and see what you think! Is it just me or does she have a hint of Norah Jones about her voice?!

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This week its salt water, and fresh sea air! I’m at the west coast and I’m walking up to the beach every now and then to take breaks from my work! Nothing beats that smell!

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That this next 3/5 of the assignment will be a doddle! Then I will be celebrating being finally finished my Post Grad! (After already doing two Post Grads you’d swear I wasn’t educated enough!!!)

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Currently in comfy gym gear! Nothing spectacular at all I’m afraid!

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I am loving the fact that I have a mobile home to escape to each weekend. I love getting away from the rat race, and away from the city; I am much calmer when I am surrounded by nature and am so grateful to have a place by the beach at my disposal! It’s a very special kind of anticipation, when you know that you have somewhere beautiful to go at the weekends; it makes the working week just that little bit more tolerable!

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I am feeling very excited! There are lots of fun things on the horizon for me and I cannot wait! Not only is the upcoming weekend the end of my Post Grad, it is also my friend’s Hen Party and I cannot wait! It’s so exciting when one of your friends is getting married and I love how there’s a big girls weekend away to celebrate! I won’t post any details here today about the plans because it’s all a big surprise but I am really looking forward to it!

As well as that I have a pretty epic holiday planned for the summer. I am going over to Himself in Alaska for two weeks and then we will be spending a few days in Vancouver – my favourite city in the world – before coming back to Ireland together! I was there two years ago with my friends and am so excited about going back!

The countdown is on – only 36 days until I am getting on a plane to see Himself after four and a half long ass months!!

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I’ve not been watching anything this weekend except for the word count on my assignment! It feels something like this:

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I hope everyone has a wonderful week – make sure you plan something to look forward to! It makes all the difference!

Cx

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #7

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I’m still reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. It’s a really good book! I’m 70% through it and am really enjoying it. I don’t have any idea where it is going though and I’m excited to find out how it will end! I’m hoping to finish the book either tonight or tomorrow and will post a review during the week!

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W R I T I N G

Another assignment is on the cards! But it is my last one! Yay! I’m not doing much writing apart from that! I’m considering writing an open letter to my anxiety because it has been a pain  in the ass lately. As with all mental health issues, exhaustion doesn’t help! And I have been seriously run down. To the point where I’ve just broken down in tears because I hadn’t the energy to do anything else! And so, as a consequence to my exhaustion, my anxiety has raised it’s ugly head and resurfaced. Perhaps it would be a nice idea to let it all out sometime soon…

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I am loving, loving, loving Harry Styles and Niall Horan’s new music!! As a 28 year old I probably shouldn’t be too into them but I honestly don’t care! They make me feel good! Here are some of the songs that are making me smile lately:

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Lavender Oil (to calm me down) and freshly washed hair!

H O P I N G

To get my assignment over and done with and with as little stress as possible so my course will finally be completed!!!

 

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I took part in Darkness Into Light this weekend for Pieta House. It’s a 5k walk to raise awareness around the issues of mental health, particularly depression and suicidal ideation. The walk takes place at 4.15am and as you walk the sun rises, symbolising that there is light after the darkness. It was a very powerful walk and one I am so glad to take part in. I’m currently wearing the t-shirt I received for the walk.

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L O V I N G

I am loving my new purchases. I’ve been trying to try out new make up instead of sticking to the brands I always use. I’ve branched out and bought some new items and I’m loving stepping out of my comfort zone! The Real Techniques sponge literally makes my make-up flawless. Such an amazing buy and it was only €7.99!

I’ve also invested in an electric toothbrush and it is unbelievable! I’m going to be getting braces soon enough (which terrifies me completely) so I’m trying to take extra good care of my teeth in the lead up to the big day….! I bought this Oral-B Pro 3000 and it’s so good! It has three settings; regular brushing, sensitive mode, and gum care. There is a light that goes off when you’re applying too much pressure on your teeth to prevent damage, and it also has a timer to let you know how long you should be spending on each quadrant of your mouth! I don’t think I could ever go back after investing in this!

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I suppose I’ve already said that I’ve not been the best. It’s been a really rough two weeks because I’ve been feeling burnt out and as a result my anxiety has been a pain in the ass! I went away for the night last night in an effort to clear my head and get back in a good place, and while it was amazing to escape, as soon as I came home something came up that triggered my anxiety again. I had been feeling amazing today; really relaxed and calm and able, and it was all shot to hell. So I’ve been sitting on my bed, focusing on this blog post and trying to come up with a pro-active plan to take care of myself in the week ahead.

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In an attempt to boost my mood I’ve put on 13 Going On 30. I was thinking of it as I drove home today because I was listening to some old music in the car. The scene where Jenna is dancing in her bedroom to old music came to mind and I knew I just had to watch it when I got home! It’s such a feel good, embrace life, kind of movie and that’s exactly what I need at the moment!

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If you have any tips or tricks to help me shake this funk please let me know! I would be very grateful!

Sending love,
C x

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #6

The Sunday Currently

R E A D I N G

I’m after starting to read Elizabeth is Missingby Emma Healey. I had started this book a few years ago but I had to put it down. My grandfather had Alzheimer’s Disease and his memory loss was causing him great distress. After reading a chapter or two I felt really uneasy as it captures the condition in a very powerful way. I had to put the book down but promised myself I would come back to it again. Luckily enough, it was chosen as this month’s book for my Book Club and I’m able to enjoy it a bit more now!

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W R I T I N G

I’ve been doing a lot of college work lately and have one more assignment left to do! However, I am trying to journal more and I’ve also decided to be more personal on this blog so I’m hoping that this blog will now be a space where I come to write some more… I’ve got an upcoming post which is a Get To Know Me type post, as well as one about feeling happy! I can’t wait for you all to read them and to see what you guys think!

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I haven’t been listening to much if I’m honest. At the moment I can hear a football match on the TV downstairs and a pounding in my head – not feeling the greatest today; woke up feeling very unwell!

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I’ve been smelling Lavender oil that I’m burning in by bedroom. It makes me feel really calm and relaxed and I feel like all of the tension in my body releases when I smell it!

H O P I N G

That the next few weeks fly past so that work finishes for the summer and that I will be reunited with Himself soon! I honestly cannot wait!

Being in a Long Distance Relationship is one of the hardest things in the world. It’s very difficult to describe how it feels when there’s always something missing. Every time something amazing happens I want to celebrate with him but I can’t… and every time something awful happens and I need him to comfort me, he’s never there, physically that is. It’s something that I try really hard not to think too much about because I know that I would only get so extremely down if I allowed myself to dwell on it. However, it’s a means to an end and I know it will be worth it down the line.

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I’m wearing Harry Potter pyjama pants and a t-shirt belonging to Himself. I should really be up and dressed, but I’m feeling ill so I’m not budging for love nor money! Perhaps to go to the pharmacy… but that’s it!!

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I am loving the fact that it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend here in Ireland! No work tomorrow! Yay!

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I’m not feeling the best today. Everything from my throat up is in pain! It was the strangest sensation to wake up to this morning as I felt like my head was separate to the rest of my body!

I’m also feeling very relieved. I’ve had to attend a family get-together with His family and I feel so pleased that I get on so well with them all. They are such lovely people and I’m very grateful for knowing that I will be a part of their family some day.

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Yesterday I watched A Dog’s Purpose and Bad Moms. Two very different movies but I really enjoyed them both!

I didn’t know whether or not to watch A Dog’s Purpose as I had heard quite a bit about animal cruelty etc but I figured that they’d never have been allowed to do that… surely? The movie deviates a bit from the book (review here) but it was a lovely, feel good movie. It made me appreciate my little dog so much and I just love how he’s like my little shadow around the house each day!

Bad Moms was a Laugh-Out-Loud comedy starring Mila Kunis where she decides to stop being everything to everyone and enjoy her life. It was hilarious and I found myself in stitches at many different points throughout. It also made me think about the pressures of motherhood and how moms generally tend to turn into this service machine where they are at everyone’s beck and call. The movie highlighted the importance of allowing yourself to make mistakes and allowing yourself to be happy by doing the things that you want to do. It showed me that there’s more to life than trying to be the perfect mom/girlfriend/whatever, and that it’s totally ok to be your own person and do what’s right for you. Highly recommend this one!

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I hope you have a great week. As always, I would love to hear from you so feel free to get in touch!

Much love,
C x

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #5

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R E A D I N G

Last night I finished reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – review should be up within the next 24 hours!

I’ve started reading a book on my Kobo app called Sarah’s Key. It was recommended to me by a colleague who saw the movie and said that she thinks I would like the book! So far so good!

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For my Miracle Morning practice I’m reading The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel. It’s all about learning how to use The Law of Attraction and explains the different laws that come into play for us. Interesting but sometimes confusing!

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W R I T I N G

Over the last three months I’ve been engaged in a very intense research project which I have finally finished writing up this week! It took a lot of time and energy and I am just so grateful for having my own time back again! I am also working on my book review for Small Great Things and it feels so good to be back writing about something that I love again!!

I’ve also just finished writing out my list of goals for the week ahead and am trying to break these down into daily tasks/challenges for myself! There’s something inspiring about looking back on a list that’s all ticked off – such a feeling of accomplishment!

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I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental music as I’ve been trying to keep myself focused whilst writing academically. I’ve also discovered a website, and forgive me if I’m a bit late to the party, called Brain.fm which is something that you have to sign up to but it plays music that helps you to focus. You can subscribe and pay a fee to get more than the 9 free sessions but that’s not something I’ve done…..!

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I’ve been smelling the absolutely beautiful tulips I bought myself during the week! A few friends and I are doing a positivity challenge (I’m hoping to get a calendar of tasks together that you can use if you so wish) and one challenge was to spend €5 on something that would make you happy! I walked into a shop and saw a bouquet of Rainbow Tulips for €4.99 and had to get them! They are divine and they make me so happy every time I see them!!

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Tonight I bought a birthday present for Himself. He works away so for 4 months we are in a Long Distance Relationship (LDR), one which has shocking internet and therefore really crappy opportunities for communication. His birthday falls at the start of April and I am hoping that his present arrives on time! I’m also hoping he likes it! After falling in love with my Fitbit Charge 2 I’ve bought him the Fitbit Blaze! Fingers crossed he loves it as much as I think he will!

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Disney Christmas PJs! Because, why not!!

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I am really loving my Fitbit, as I’ve stated above! I’ve reached my 10,000 step count every day except for today and one other day during the week! Today is because I’m feeling sick and run down, and the other day was because of working so much… enough said! I am really finding it very motivating and am so grateful for treating myself to it! It’s making me get up and move and that in turn is making me feel so good!

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There’s very little I actually want right now; apart from winning the lottery etc. However, I really want to get my hands on the newest book by Cecelia Ahern called Perfect. Its the second book in her Young Adult series, the first of which was Flawed. I’m not a huge Cecelia Ahern fan but Flawed was fantastic! I’m really looking forward to it’s sequel!

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I don’t need anything! I always have more than enough! (That was my affirmation for the week!)

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I’m feeling a bit run down. You know when you’re busy and you’re just going and going and going…? And as soon as you stop you get sick?! That’s where I’m at! A bit of rest and relaxation now and hopefully I’ll be back to my healthy self in no time!

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I’ve just started watching Broadchurch, a drama set in the fictional town of Broadchurch in England, where an 11yr old boy is missing and turns up dead on the beach. This happens in the first ten to fifteen minutes of episode one so there’s no spoilers here!! The show follows the two detectives trying to solve the case, as well as his family and their experience. I’ve watched about four episodes today and am hooked! I’m really enjoying it! Watch the ad below if you feel like this would interest you!

 

I hope you all have a happy and healthy week!

Much love,
C x

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #4

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A Dog’s Purpose  by W. Bruce Cameron & A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax

W R I T I N G

Every day this week I’ve been journaling, keeping my Bullet Journal, and doing a gratitude journal. I haven’t been posting much here as my week has been a bit hectic (see my review of The Miracle Morning for an insight!) I’ve not been able to keep up with creative writing this week either but am looking forward to getting stuck back in to that project over the next few days!

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This is a bit of a throwback, but I’ve been listening to Kelly Clarkson’s album Breakaway! It was perfect background music for all of the unpacking yesterday!

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The Night Face Cream I’ve just applied before I started typing! Very fresh indeed!

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That my week off is refreshing and rejuvinating. I also hope that I can make a further dent into my coursework and try to get some of it completed before I return to work next week!

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A Marvel t-shirt and Harry Potter pyjama shorts! Very coordinated of me, I know!!

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I am absolutely adoring my Miracle Morning practice at the moment. It’s not always easy to get myself out of bed each day and motivated to do my SAVERS, but I know that I will feel amazing afterwards and as Hal outlines in the book, the first 10 days are the most difficult! Tomorrow is day 9 for me so I’m looking forward to seeing if it gets easier as time goes on!

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A Fitbit Charge 2! I think it would fit so appropriately with everything that I’m doing at the moment and I also feel that it would encourage me to get more active on a daily basis!

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Sunshine and the beach! Not necessarily needing a sun holiday, just a trip to the beach with the sun on my face would do just fine!!

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Very emotional over the last few days. They haven’t been the easiest. However, tonight I’m feeling calm and mindful. I’m also feeling so grateful for my amazing family and friends because I would be so lost without them!

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Last night I watched My Best Friend’s Wedding and made it a Double Dose of Julia Roberts by following it with Eat, Pray, Love! Two huge comfort movies for me! Nothing like a movie night with prosecco and one of your best friends to make you feel better!

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Until next week!

 

C x

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #3

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick,  My Life Goals Journal by Andrea Hayes, and Big Magic by Liz Gilbert!

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This week I’ve been fairly productive. I’ve started my daily journaling, about life and my thoughts in general, and as well as that I’ve been making a dent in the Creative Writing dimension too! It has been incredibly long since I’ve last sat down and written a piece of fiction but I composed something the other night that I genuinely felt may have some substance for a full novel. I’ve very rarely felt that way about anything I’ve written and I’m very excited to see how this concept develops for me!

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I’ve been listening to Music for Concentration on Spotify when I’ve been reading and writing. I’m the type of person that needs instrumental music in the background if I’m reading because songs with words make me lose my concentration!

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A candle I’ve got burning that is for your Heart Chakra! A beautiful green candle with a gorgeous scent! I bought it in Dervish in Cork City for any Corkonians out there who might be interested!

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That I can get on top of all of the coursework I have to do at the moment. Drowning slightly with the workload and a full-time job but this blog and my reading and writing is helping to keep me sane!

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Black Yoga Pants, a grey tee with beaded embroidery, black New Balance runners, and my leather jacket!

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Big Magic by Liz Gilbert! I bought it on Friday evening and I’m almost finished it! It’s definitely a book I needed to read. It’s letting me understand that it’s ok to write a book that never gets published and makes you world famous… it’s all about the love of the art, the creative process. It’s allowed me to push some of my fears aside and get stuck in! As she says, “Done is better than good!”

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To be pampered! A nice spa day wouldn’t go astray!

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I need a good night’s rest! I still feel exhausted from last week and am really looking forward to bed tonight.

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Very grateful for winning The Valiant Blogger Award this week! I still feel so stunned by the whole thing. You can catch my acceptance post here!

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I saw Trainspotting 2 the other evening! I wasn’t a fan of the first one but got tickets for this one because my boyfriend really wanted to see it, and I must admit I really enjoyed this one! The “Choose Life” monologue in this movie was amazing! Very true to today’s society!

I’ve also watched this video by Ellen DeGeneres and just feel like the whole world needs to watch it:

C x